It’s only been three days since the last fantasy baseball injury report, so you’d think there wasn’t much news to catch up on, right? Wrong! Plenty of injury news….too much, to be honest. If you’re fighting for your fantasy league’s title, you’ll have to stay on top of everything to see how it affects your team. With such little amount of time in the regular season, and even less for those getting ready for their head to head playoffs, every injury at this time has a major impact. Here’s how the last few days have panned out…
Cardinals’ starter Edwin Jackson left his outing early Sunday night after cramping in his hamstring. After giving up a pair of runs early on, Jackson appeared to be settling in nicely until the sixth inning. He’s now being listed as questionable for his start on August 20th, so check back for further news. Weekly leaguers should probably find an alternative for the upcoming scoring period.
Dexter Fowler was left out of the Rockies lineup Sunday night, but manager Jim Tracy said that he was just dealing with a minor lat issue and that it’s nothing serious. Fowler has been solid since his recall and has been starting regularly for Colorado, so if you were getting a little nervous, you can breathe a sigh of relief. He’s going to be just fine.
The Twins are certainly having a hard time fielding their regular starters still as both Joe Mauer and Denard Span were absent from Sunday’s lineup. Mauer’s condition just seems to be general soreness that shouldn’t be much to be concerned with (unless, of course, he’s also out Monday), but Span could end up back on the DL. Apparently he is still suffering from lingering concussion symptoms. He says it’s not getting worse, but the fact that it’s not getting any better Is not a good sign. Picking up Ben Revere might be a nice safe play if Span needs to spend more time out or on the DL.
Deep leaguers should take notice that Humberto Quintero was out of the lineup Sunday due to back stiffness. It could just be a harmless flare up, but you’ll want to continue monitoring his condition this week to make sure it’s not more serious. He might be having a greta season for himself, but 32 years old is near Paleolithic in catching circles.
If you’re a Conor Jackson owner, then perhaps you may want to familiarize yourself with the Wally Pipp story. Despite the fact that the A’s said the first base job is Jackson’s to lose, the team recalled Brandon Allen after merely scratching Jackson from Sunday’s game with a stiff neck. There are a lot of people sitting in Allen’s corner just waiting for him to get a proper opportunity.
It looks like maybe the D-Train is being derailed in Cincinnati finally. He’s been a pretty solid starter for the Reds since his improbable return and pitched a vintage game his last time out, striking out 10 through eight innings of work. But after experiencing soreness in his forearm, Dontrelle Willis was pulled from the game and sent in for tests. He seems to think that he’ll be fine, but we’ll wait for the professionals to make that call. Until you hear more, consider him an even shakier option for this coming week.
Is it even necessary to mention that Jeff Mathis is banged up and being considered day to day after getting hit on the hand with a pitch? He who can’t outhit or outplay Bobby Wilson? I didn’t think so. You can stop laughing now.
For leagues that count holds, you should be aware that Sergio Romo is battling a tender elbow right now and that could limit the way the Giants use him during the week. It doesn’t seem to be too serious, but considering how integral Romo is to the Giants bullpen and the team’s success, they probably won’t take too many chances with his health. Especially when closer Brian Wilson is also experiencing back stiffness and could miss a few days as well. If both are out for any long stretch of time, you can consider San Francisco sunk.
Cleveland second base wunderkind Jason Kipnis was held out of the lineup for a second straight day with soreness on his side. The Tribe is off on Monday, so the extra rest could be just what he needs, but check the lineup card on Tuesday to make sure. If he misses more time, Jason Donald should be the guy filling in.
After a rainout on Sunday, the Yankees have pushed back their rotation this coming week and may or may not choose to let Freddy Garcia start this week after cutting his finger over the weekend. The team is set with five starters as they have penciled in Phil Hughes for the Friday game, but if Garcia is ready to go, they could slide to a six man rotation for the week. Check back later in the week to see if Garcia is able to go.
Waiver wire gem Jesus Guzman loses a bit of his luster after missing his second straight game with elbow soreness and could be in jeopardy of losing additional time this week. He is being re-evaluated when the team returns to San Diego, so if he’s going to have tests run, you might not get the results back until games have already begun on Monday. You may need to seek an alternative for the week just to play it safe.
Other players to monitor on Monday, just to be on the safe side include: Michael Cuddyer, A.J. Pierzynski, Michael Brantley (missed 5 games), Brennan Boesch, Carlos Beltran (missed six games), and Placido Polanco .
The Blue Jays have lost Rajai Davis for the next two weeks and possibly even longer after he was diagnosed with a torn hamstring Sunday. He entered the game as a pinch hitter and felt it pop while legging out a ground ball in the eighth inning. Obviously Davis doesn’t have as much value as he did before Colby Rasmus came to town, but now it’s dwindled down to almost nothing. We all know what happens to players who make their living off their legs and then tear….not strain…their hammies. Look elsewhere for cheap stolen bases.
No pun intended, but it’s a tough break for Arizona and Jason Marquis owners after the veteran righty left Sunday’s game with a fractured leg. He was hit in the shin with a comebacker in the third inning but stayed in the game. However, in the fourth, he landed awkwardly on his foot after throwing a pitch the following ginning and crumpled to the ground clutching his leg. X-rays confirmed the break and it’s more than likely that Marquis’ season is over. Wade Miley, Zach Duke and Micah Owings are the lead candidates to replace him in the rotation. Since Owings was the one demoted when Marquis arrived, expect him to get first crack. Miley has been solid in Triple-A, but Kirk Gibson might want to stick with his veterans…not that Duke has been anything special.
Not surprisingly, Carlos Guillen is back on the DL for the Tigers. Yes. Again. While continuing to experience soreness in the wrist, Detroit wasted no time in placing Guillen on the 15 day DL and recalling Will Rhymes. It’s probably not even worth taking up a DL spot on your roster with him, so you’ll probably just want to cut him loose. Ryan Raburn should get some extra action this week with Rhymes spelling him for a game or two.
With Xavier Nady missing the next 4-6 weeks with a broken hand, you can release him from your roster. Even if he came back for the final two weeks of the season, with Paul Goldschmidt and a recently signed Lyle Overbay in camp, he’s not going to get enough playing time to make an impact.
Speaking of Overbay…well, his former team, the Pirates that is…Derrek Lee is on the shelf for 2-4 weeks with a fractured bone in his wrist. We’ve come a long way since that two home run debut, haven’t we? Lee has missed more time than he’s played in Pittsburgh and this injury isn’t going to allow that to change in the near future. You can almost write him off for the rest of the season. Garrett Jones should see the bulk of the action at first for now.
Barry Zito, on the DL with a foot sprain, suffered a sprained ankle during a rehab start and could be on the shelf for even longer. The Giants are in no need to rush him back considering they already have a solid starting five, and most fantasy folk have all but given up on him. You’ll still hear his name for atleast the next two years while he’s under contract, but apparently his days of being rostered in fantasy are over.
The Giants have also lost center fielder Andres Torres for the next two weeks after fouling a ball off his shin Friday. It’s being called a lower leg contusion so it obviously doesn’t sound serious. It could just have been a way to give him some time off after struggling so much this season. The team was able to call up Brandon Belt from Triple-A to take his place on the roster, so if you are in the market for a decent corner infielder, Belt could get some quality playing time through the end of the month.
Those that stashed away Zach Britton when he went on the DL with shoulder soreness back on August 4th, might be getting him back, not next week, but the week after depending on the success of his rehab starts. He will have a Class-A start on the 16th and will be evaluated afterwards so check back on his progress. He could be an interesting option in September if he’s healthy.
Alex Rodriguez will begin his rehab assignment Tuesday the 16th and manager Joe Girardi is supposedly expecting him back with the big club by the 18th. If he has a good pair of days down in the minors, then bringing him back sooner than later is a no-brainer. If you can forgo the first few days of the week, A-Rod obviously has the potential to light it up the rest of the way.
Not much else has changed on the returning front, so check with the last injury report and see who may be back sooner rather than later.
Howard Bender is the founder of The Fantasy Baseball Buzz and SF Giants Report. You can also find his work at FanGraphs and RotoWire. For questions, thoughts and comments, you can email Howard at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter - @rotobuzzguy and @SFGiantsReport.
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